Metropolis Cafe

4.8
1207 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
A cozy and casual cafe overlooking bustling Tremont Street, in Boston's Historic South End. Offering our guests fine dining, hospitality and casual dining prices. We serve dinner nightly including a popular neighborhood brunch on both Saturday and Sunday.

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Enjoy Mother's Day brunch featuring our regular menu with additional Chef specials!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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HW
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

everything delicious from start to finish, lots of attention put in each dish-

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K
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant! What a great find in the South End.

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OT
New England
17 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Michaela, Ashley always deliver excellent customer service.

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DK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious and welcoming. Great new spring menu.

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RL
New England
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go-to for a Boston small-group-of-friends brunch or dinner. The food is always delicious. The wine selection on point (spring for their Sancerre if you can), and the mixed beverages are limited but super tasty. The entry way is small and abrupt, the booths and tables on the smaller side, so if you're a wide-framed person, be prepared. Dining at the bar is a lovely option. The wait staff are super knowledgeable. Overall, not an overwhelming number of options, but everyone who dines with you will find something they like. For Brunch, try the BBH.

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h
New England
32 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, an outstanding overall experience

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GM
New England
147 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want to explore a true French restaurant, this is it . From the salad to the desert everything was excellent , especially our server Ashley . We will be back soon.

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m
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate bistro style restaurant, with excellent service and delicious food

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this spot! We had a group of 6 and decided to do family style dining and order a bit of everything. Every single dish was delicious, but the risotto was a crowd favorite. Really cool ambiance to the place, excellent spot for a date night (although hopefully you don’t get stuck next to a table of 6 that has the wine flowing like us ;))

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really nice meal. The place is very cute and nicely decorated. Very good service. Cute neighborhood to stroll before or after dinner. We would definitely return.

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JL
New England
43 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Still my favorite restaurant. I'm never disappointed. Their veal scallopini with capers is the absolute best anywhere.

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F
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service. Delicious appetizers and entrees. Ambiance reminiscent of being in French cafe. Look forward to going back.

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BO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the prix fixe menu and between the four of us, tried all of the offerings. Everything was delicious.

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AP
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and friendly service and delicious food! Can't wait to go back!

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JK
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We both got the prix fixe menus, and that was a very good deal. Some of those choices were outstanding (the salad, soup, salmon and the cake), and others were fine. Service was very friendly but could have been a bit faster. We needed to remind the waiter one time that we had asked for more ice. Ambience and noise level quite fine.

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HS
New England
22 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great, reasonably priced restaurant. A great place to go before a show at the Caldwell center in Boston.

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v
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great wine selection, our appetizers were great, my husband’s ribs were great, the trout was a bit underwhelming. Great dessert. Our main complaint was the tiny tables and sitting space.

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CS
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time and everything was terrific. We all loved our entrees...excellent service and cozy ambience on a cold Boston evening.

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HD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Metropolis Cafe was a wonderful spot! We started with bread and fresh hummus with a bowl of cauliflower soup. I am a vegetarian so I was very impressed with the veggie friendly offerings. For entrees I had the butternut squash risotto and my boyfriend had the short rib. Both entrees were excellent and very well prepared. We were too stuffed after those two courses to try their dessert menu. Cocktails were delicious as well as a great wine selection. Also important to note that the prices were extremely reasonable for the area and the portion size.

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KL
New England
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

But only to a very good friend. I don't want Metropolis to get so crowded we can't get a table on somewhat short notice. Micaela is a magician, and our favorite server outstanding!

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OT
New England
29 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Brussels Sprouts appetizer as well as the rigatoni entree were plate licking excellent. The cauliflower chowder not so much, it was served room temperature and didn’t have much flavor.

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MS
New England
164 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this was a remarkably busy night -- Sunday at 5:30 PM -- with a dine-in Boston menu for $33 apiece that was well-chosen and quite good. The wait staff was pretty busy and initial service was very slow -- but then things got going. This is a fun neighborhood-type place which we always enjoy coming to.

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OT
New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

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MJ
New England
49 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I went to Metropolis after a matinee at the Lyric Stage. Metropolis has a varied vegetarian, seafood, and meat eaters menu that appeals to both of us. Metropolis also has a decent list of wines by the glass. It’s a small space so you do feel a bit cramped, or you can decide to feel cozy and intimate instead. The service was attentive, and the food was extremely good. The duck breast was rare and also tender. The beet and pear salad was wonderful and the cauliflower chowder was complex. We will be back.

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KD
London
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Where to go for any occasion? Metropolis....how great to know you’ll have terrific food served perfectly, this night by Ashley, and in such a cosy and welcoming atmosphere...I’ll go again and again

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SR
New England
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Metropolis is a consistently wonderful meal!

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PT
New England
19 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Metropolis!

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I
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The atmosphere is intimate, the food is fabulous and, usually, the service is accurate and responsive. For this meal, our server was pleasant, but our food arrived Luke warm, rather than piping hot, (which made us think it had come out of the kitchen 5-10 minutes before the server gave it to us) and he forgot our coffee orders until we had finished dessert and reminded him. I'd still give the experience 4+ because of the positives. And it will not change our view that this is one of our absolute favorites. Just posting this so that the restaurant can work on a little training of the servers.

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SD
New England
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Metropolis Cafe has always been one of my favorites. The food is always reliably good and the ambiance is lovely - quiet enough to have good conversation which is becoming very rare. Whenever company comes or I am meeting someone for dinner, this is my first pick. Never disappoints!

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DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic and always consistent...a cozy little neighborhood gem!👍🏼

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SM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As soon as I leave, I already can’t wait to go to Metropolis Cafe again! One of my most favorite restaurants in the city!!

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GG
New England
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently outstanding food. Very friendly service. Metropolis Cafe is turning into our favorite local restaurant!

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AF
New England
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Charming locale.

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RH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious, and the service was kind and helpful. Had a great experience!

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F
New England
66 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have an excellent meal at this neighborhood gem. The only downside is the the valet parking is across and down the street and tends to be extremely slow.

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CT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food!!

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KD
London
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Boston go-to..always good from truffled butter through amazing chocolate dessert

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BG
New England
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

We have been eating at restaurants for well over fifty years. Four of us ate at Metropolis Café last Sunday, and the meal was the second poorest I have had in fifty years. Rarely do I write a poor restaurant review, but the meal last night was so bad, I felt I had write this.

Two of us had the meager cider-braised short rib, which was dry, stringy and tough. The meat was served on a bed of a tepid, tasteless white puree, said to be potato – perhaps made from a box product. The two were surrounded by a thin, tasteless brown liquid. The puree was topped by two ostensibly roasted carrots. One was partially cooked, raw in the center and the second could not have been in an oven for more than a few minutes. Neither had been roasted with any meat juice, butter and anything that could provide flavor. There was no seasoning to be tasted.

My wife had the squash and apple non-risotto “risotto”. The risotto was made with plain, white rice, seemingly cooked in water, not a vegetable broth, and served over a bland squash puree. Mild chunks of apple were mixed in the rice. Most uninteresting, and my wife left most of the dish uneaten.

The highlight of the meal was the bread, possibly Iggy’s, which we all ate as the meal mainstay. One of us asked for butter, which was served as patties wrapped in foil.

The cost of the meal was excessive. The service was good, friendly, but not overly so. The wait for the dishes was long, perhaps 20-30 minutes, especially so since none of the dishes was likely cooked to order. It is difficult to believe this restaurant can survive for long. There must be far superior restaurants in the South End.

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KM
New England
28 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent every time. We count on a good time when we are lucky enough to get a reservation.

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